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Trotsky's Contribution to the Success Of The Bolsheviks Up to 1922

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Trotsky's Contribution to the Success Of The Bolsheviks Up to 1922 Eleanor Moon - Mr Watt Leon Trotsky was a key member of the communism in the 1900s. He had been interested in politics from an early age and had worked hard to get to where he was. Trotsky had a vital role in helping the Bolsheviks to their success by using his skills productively in his influential propaganda, the civil war and to help them gain power. Trotsky got arrested during Tsarist regime by writing revolutionary propaganda. Behaviour like that showed his dedication to his communist beliefs and gave him his nickname 'the pen'. He continued to write compelling speeches and soon the Bolshevik party realised how powerful his words were. ...read more.

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By then Kerensky would find it harder to resist. Trotsky organised everything; he distributed leaflets; arranged the plan for food for the people of Petrograd; decided what parts of the city to take control of, like the telegraph stations. It was an extremely successful takeover and there was nearly no gunfire. He had made the right judgement people started to see how important he was. Historian Schapiro claimed, in 1918, that "Lenin's role fell short of Trotsky's" showing that people were beginning to believe that "Trotsky's view was preferred". It was his amazing tactical ability that secured the Bolsheviks future in ruling Russia. Regardless that Trotsky had had next to no previous experience; Trotsky was made the minister of war for the red army. ...read more.

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This was very drastic but it made his army try and risk defeating the Whites instead of facing certain death from their leader. Even though all the three of the main ways that Trotsky contributed to the Bolshevik's accomplishments were extremely beneficial, personally, I believe that without his propaganda they would have fallen apart. Underneath it all, Trotsky used his speeches and the media to boost people confidence about the Communist Party and influence them to support and believe in what they stand for. Trotsky's speeches motivated hundreds of thousands of people and encouraged them to win a battle where the odds were clearly against them. Manipulation of the newspapers provided Lenin lasting moral support that ensured him his victory. Without Trotsky, I don't believe that the Bolsheviks would have had enough support to win and so he gave the greatest contribution of all. ...read more.

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